3 Dec 2008

Armstrong will not get special security in Tour

7:56 am on 3 December 2008

The Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme says there'll be no special security measures place for Lance Armstrong's return to the race that made the seven-times winnner world famous.

Prudhomme says it's impossible with 3500 kilometres roads, and 10 million people watching.

Armstrong has confirmed he will take part in the world's greatest stage race next year, despite expressing concerns over his safety.

Prudhomme isn't surprised Armstrong's returning to the Tour.

He says the American's decision decision to end his a three-year retirement was more of a surprise and it's logical he's rerturning the race that made his name.

Armstrong has had a difficult relationship with the Tour organisers ASO.

After his seventh consecutive win in 2005, the French sports daily L'Equipe, owned by ASO's parent company EPA, claimed they had evidence the Texan used the banned blood-booster EPO in 1999.

Although an independent committee cleared Armsrtong the former World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound called the decision "surprising".